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With rain washing out Sprint Cup practice on Saturday, Gordon hit Twitter to defend his love for both series.

“Never meant to take a shot at anyone,” he wrote. “I love (hash)IndyCar just wanted to recognize how fortunate we are to get the crowds that we get in (at)NASCAR.”

Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan said it was wrong of Gordon to pick on the series. Kanaan called Gordon on Saturday morning to smooth out the misunderstanding.

“I apologized to him. I understood his comment and I think he understood mine,” Kanaan said at Mid-Ohio. “It wasn’t like I was trying to pick a fight. He came to Pocono. I gave him a gecko. He came to Brazil. We’re friends. I just want to make sure we’re all right and we’ll laugh about it. It’s over.”

Now it’s time to race.

No driver has done it better at Pocono than Gordon. His six wins are the most at the 2 1/2-mile triangle track, and he has 18 top-fives and 28 top-10’s in his 41 Pocono starts. He’ll start 22nd on Sunday.

“It’s a good track for us, a good place for us to come and fight and do battle like what we’ve been used to doing this year and last year to claw our way into the Chase,” he said. “There’s not enough points that are safe enough and you want to get those wins to try to secure things up for you. We’ve got a lot of tough competitors that we’re racing and battling with for 10th in points, as well as this wild-card spot.”

Gordon’s seventh-place finish last week at Indianapolis helped him crack the top 10 for the first time since after the second race of the season. He has four top 10s in the last five races and may have hit on the combination that can not only help him keep a Chase spot _ but move up in the standings.

“We have to make sure that we’re knocking down those top 10s,” he said.


AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Lexington, Ohio contributed to this story.